Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Orlando Quartet in Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Schubert. Unity!!

In days of nationalism and disunity, this playlist is an ode to global unity…
The Orlando Quartet was a string quartet with members from Hungary, Austria, Germany, Romania and later on Australia and Norway, playing with other musicians all over the world. Based in Amsterdam, the quartet started in 1976 and slowly gained recognition for being one of the finest chamber music ensembles of that period. The quartet was active till 1997.
recordings below give a nice overview of their interpretation skills. 
A quote from the Gramophone magazine, August 1983:

“Quite exceptional quality, distinguished by a marvellous rhythmic sense, an unusually wide dynamic range, and flawless ensemble and intonation. Their eloquence in the slow movements, which are among Haydn's finest, is matched by an exhilarating vitality in the quick ones. In short, this is magnificent playing and it is supported by an uncannily lifelike recording: an outstanding issue.’ (about the Haydn recordings) 

Hope you will enjoy this selection again! :-) 

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet no 63 op 76 no 4 in Bb major, ‘Sunrise' (1795/97)
String Quartet no 65 op 76 no 6 in Eb major, ‘Fantasia' (1795/97)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
String Quintet no 6 in Eb major KV 614 (1791)
with Nobuko Imai (Japan) on viola

Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
String Quartet in g minor op 10 (1893)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
String Quartet in F major (1903)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
String Quartet no 14 in d minor “Death and the Maiden” D 810 (1824)

1st violin on the Haydn, Debussy, Ravel and Schubert recording: István Párkányi (Hungary)
1st violin on the Mozart recording: John Harding (Australia)
2nd violin: Heinz Oberdorfer (Germany)
Viola: Ferdinand Erblich (Austria)
Cello Stefan Metz (Romania)

(Spotify Webplayer link)

Oralndo Quartet with Párkányi

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